How to Relocate on a Budget

by Dick Stoner 07/07/2019

Moving can be quite costly. It involves a lot of packing, renting vehicles, the gas costs and also restocking the new home. All these contribute to a new financial burden you have to cope with. But there are a few ways to ensure that you do not spend too much money when relocating, and are still able to do so smoothly:

De-clutter first

A lot of your moving expenses don’t even have to cost you anything. Before packing to a new home, first of all, make sure that you go through all your stuff and decide what is not making a move with you. Give things away, throw useless things away, look through old boxes and closets to be sure you are only going with what you need. When moving, less is more.

Look for free moving boxes

Post adverts on free classifieds websites and ask friends and neighbors. You’d be surprised how many people have free boxes to give you that they’re not using. Alternatively, you can also go to a large manufacturing warehouse or even a superstore to take their boxes for use in moving.

Label all your boxes

The worst thing that can happen is not knowing what is fragile or non-fragile and them getting damaged in transit. It is easier to unpack when all the boxes are well-labeled. This way, the moment you are done with the packing, you can quickly sort the boxes first by label before unpacking them. Use simple names like “Living Room 1” or “Bedroom – Fragile” so that you can tell what is in the box at a glance.

Using Movers

Do you really need to use a mover? If you have reduced your load as much as possible and have managed to pack everything into boxes, then you may not need to use a mover. Using a mover could be quite risky as you may not know how they have packed your stuff. Because they do not understand the value or nature of your items, some confusion is bound to occur. If you are going to use movers, then be sure that it is absolutely necessary. Ask for friends and family to refer movers to you that they trust. A lousy mover can ruin a lot of sentimental items, and apologies won’t bring any of them back.

Whenever you are ready to move, you should take the time to plan correctly, contact the right movers, and monitor them from your old place to the new one. Talk to your real estate agent for their preferred movers in your area.

About the Author
Author

Dick Stoner

Reist Corporation was incorporated in 1994 to renovate and restore commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Working from a 200+ year old farm in Washington County, MD , we have restored barns, warehouses, and even WWII Army buildings in Central MD. We maintain expertise in zoning and land use issues, and we stay abreast of market conditions and changing market statistics. We welcome the opportunity to work with buyers and tenants who wish to take advantage of current market conditions to lock in long term deals at favorable rates. Those able to sign 5 - 10 year leases in commercial transactions right now, are able to obtain the best rates in over 10 years, and those able to purchase are able to get pre-2005 prices on many types of buildings and land. On residential transactions, we continue to help buyers of bank-owned and short sale properties. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your challenges, and we pay generous referral fees to agents from other areas who wish to utilize our services on Maryland property transactions

Certifications

Since 2002, I have worked on some of the largest real estate database systems in America. I have introduced online marketplace products to areas that were using residential MLS products for commercial real estate information, and I have worked on the expansion of some of America's largest real estate data systems in some of the largest MSA's in the country. Research is key to many commercial real estate valuation projects, and our firms' knowledge about how these systems work can help you reach the best information about other transactions in your area. We are active in Land Preservation programs and environmental offsets which can sometimes bring additional revenue that is crucial to making a transaction work. Nutrient offset credits in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed have become a new component in the valuation of active farmland and for many rural properties which involve environmental features like streams, woodlands, pastureland, etc. We've partnered with the experts at Blueline Conservation Incentives, LLC in Northern Virginia on nutrient offset and land preservation programs and together we are part of a team with expertise in all of the Middle Atlantic States as they strive to meet WIP - Watershed Improvement Plans in order to meet the 2017 and 2025 water quality goals that were set by the 2010 Chesapeake Bay Plan. 

Awards

2009 -MD Historical Trust -Award for Project Excellence in the Restoration of Frieda's Cottage at Chestnut Lodge in Rockville, MD